My runbud brunch plans on Sunday were canceled. So, I put a spicy chicken and black bean soup in the crock pot and prepared to head upstairs. I had a plan. I would finish my vision board for 2015 just in time for Lent and post a pic on Instagram of my finished board next to a glass of Vouvray. Chic, right? But just when I was about to head upstairs, I was distracted by a crumb on the cabinet behind the IMG_1240crockpot. So I’m sure you know what happened. I spent the next hour cleaning and organizing the kitchen counter, then headed upstairs.

I only lost one hour. That’s what I told myself. So, I plopped down on my bedroom floor ready to cast my vision. But there were those piles of articles from grad school that I swore I’d burn in a bonfire the day after graduation. I could dispose of those piles and purge the magazine collection behind them. How long could that take? Well…several hours, one large garbage bag, and 40 recyclable magazinIMG_1239es later, I decided to pray for a snow day and try again the next day.

Am I the only one who longs to be one of those people who posts perfect pictures on Instagram but whose life is not picture perfect?
I want to post glossy moments but my life is filled with outtakes. Many imperfect moments that may not be camera-ready, but are perfect for my journey.

Taking time to purge and prepare helped me to make space for my vision. It gave me the room to spread out and see the bigger picture. I must say that I am pretty pleased with the finished product, but more than that, I am grateful for the way that these outtakes have prepared me for this year’s Lenten journey.

During this Lenten season, I will:

  1. Declutter my Heart by focusing on the Cross, journeying with other sisters in the bible study Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross,
  2. Declutter my Space by joining the 40 Bags in 40 Days challenge, spending 40 days purging my physical and virtual surroundings,
  3. Declutter my Mind by sacrificing the amount of time I spend on social media each day, and
  4. Declutter my Gifts by revisiting my first calling, the call to write.

I have set some lofty goals but I enter this season with God’s grace and the courage to embrace the outtakes.